A Faith Worth Believing: Finding New Life Beyond the Rules of Religion

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Harper Collins, Mar 1, 2005 - Religion - 224 pages
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How can we have an authentic faith when we no longer have well-defined, codified beliefs? Where do we turn to better understand our relationship with God when the messages of the Church seem simplistic? This book is for all those who are asking the tough questions and are not satisfied with the answers they are receiving.

 

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Contents

Introduction
1
Religion 1
11
Father
23
Son
37
Holy Ghost
51
Chapters The Self
65
Gods Will
79
Chapter? Faith
91
Prayer
127
Sacraments
139
Morality
151
Sin
163
Grace Salvation 1 75
175
Heaven Hell Purgatory 1 89
189
A Personal Postscript
201
Endnotes
203

Hope
103
Charity
115
Bibliography
209
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Page 15 - There was a time when meadow, grove and stream, The earth, and every common sight, To me did seem Apparelled in celestial light, The glory and the freshness of a dream. It is not now as it hath been of yore ; — Turn wheresoe'er I may, By night or day, The things which I have seen I now can see no more.
Page 42 - I FLED Him, down the nights and down the days; I fled Him, down the arches of the years; I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways Of my own mind; and in the mist of tears I hid from Him, and under running laughter. Up vistaed hopes, I sped; And shot, precipitated, Adown Titanic glooms of chasmed fears, From those strong Feet that followed, followed after.
Page 159 - Do not think that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets; I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
Page 119 - Labor to admit you, but oh, to no end. Reason your viceroy in me, me should defend. But is captived, and proves weak or untrue. Yet dearly I love you, and would be loved fain, But am betrothed unto your enemy: Divorce me, untie, or break that knot again, Take me to you, imprison me, for I Except you enthrall me, never shall be free. Nor ever chaste, except you ravish me.
Page 46 - When will the Kingdom come? Jesus said: It will not come by expectation; they will not say: "See, here," or: "See, there." But the Kingdom of the Father is spread upon the earth and men do not see it.
Page 169 - For I am certain of this: neither death nor life, no angel, no prince, nothing that exists, nothing still to come, not any power, or height or depth, nor any created thing, can ever come between us and the love of God made visible in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Page 119 - God; for, you As yet but knock, breathe, shine, and seek to mend; That I may rise, and stand, o'erthrow me, and bend Your force, to breake, blow, burn, and make me new.
Page 38 - Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman! Yes, it's Superman! Strange visitor from another planet, who came to earth with powers and abilities far beyond those of mortal men.
Page 119 - For Thou hast made us for Thyself and our hearts are restless till they rest in Thee.
Page 159 - God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our mind, and our neighbor as ourself.

About the author (2005)

Tom Stella, C.S.C., is the author of The God Instinct and is widely recognized as a spiritual director and retreat leader. A Catholic priest in the congregation of Holy Cross, Stella initiated a spirituality-in-the-workplace program at Penrose Hospital in Colorado Springs, where he is a chaplain. He cofounded Soul-Link, a not-for-profit organization that creates opportunities for spiritual seekers to discover one another and communicate through retreats, small group discussions, and a variety of educational programs.

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